I’ve been disussing this on this thread: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=18488 I am posting it anew because I said I would not post on that thread again.
I maintained that chaste cohabitation is sinful becuase it is still scandalous. I quoted the CCC in support (without a link):
2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.
2287 Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged. “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!”
Not convinced by this, I was asked for official Church documentation that supported this. I linked to the Vatican Document: FAMILY, MARRIAGE AND “DE FACTO” UNIONS
And also linked a document from the Kansas Bishops: Cohabitation Before Marriage and quoted from it:
- For society: As society no longer adheres to traditional moral values and norms, scandal becomes less and less of a concern to many people. Even so, the church still teaches clearly and consistently that premarital sexual intercourse objectively is mortally sinful. Couples who live together, even if they are not engaging in premarital sexual relations, give the impression to the community that such an arrangement is totally acceptable.
Note that it specifically mentions Chaste cohabitation as unacceptable.
My debate opponent labeled the last quote “silly” with no explanation why.
to be continued…